Report warns of a toxic disaster waiting to happen in NJ

A new report finds dozens of New Jersey chemical facilities storing billions of gallons of toxic waste are located in flood plains near rivers and streams, and could be flooded in the event of a major hurricane or powerful nor’easter.

“As extreme weather events become more frequent and more severe, these sites are becoming more dangerous and we shouldn’t wait for the next Sandy to realize that chemical facilities in our flood plains really is a disaster waiting to happen,” said Doug O’Malley, the director of the advocacy group Environment New Jersey.

He said at least 31 chemical facilities that handle hundreds and thousands of gallons of toxic material are located within a flood zone.



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